This Valentine’s Day marks the 16th Valentine’s Day together with my true love, 20 years since we met and 15 years since he proposed to me. This year, we are planning something extra special for our many years together. I hope he has started looking at Valentine’s Day Deals as I’m really wanting my couples heart pendant, bouquet of roses and dinner out to eat. I am excited to see the fun we have on this very special day. But I have to tell you about HIM, my true love and how he gave me happiness I never thought I’d have!
The Story of My True Love
As a young 13 year old, my life appeared to be spiraling out of control. My parents had divorced years earlier, my mom unable to care for us like she once could and my brother, sister and I involuntary had to go live with our dad. February 1994, we moved to a new town, new home, new school. I thought it was the end of the world, without the friends I grew up with since I was 5.
As the new girl in school as a seventh grader, knowing nobody, feeling alone is awkward. There were people that made me feel welcomed though. My first day there a boy walked up to me and said “hi, your the new girl Nichol?”. I wasn’t kind back though and said “yeah, why who are you?” He said Chris and walked away. I knew I couldn’t have this bitterness if I was going to make new friends so I tried to accept what was happening. I tried so hard to be happy and act like nothing was wrong. And it happened. I met new friends, started to like my new school and everything worked out. I even started to crush on Chris but nothing came about it because I was young, he was young, though we talked and I followed him around like a little puppy dog.
At 17, Chris became my boyfriend, we were inseparable and then he told me he would be moving to Florida in three short months. I was crushed, but why? We were only dating for a short time. When he left for Florida, I felt lost, alone and rather “psycho” because I missed him. I wanted him back in our town, where I could see him, walk with him, hang out with him, but he wasn’t here.
Chris asked me to move to Florida with him, a shock as I was only 17 but I agreed, without telling my parents. My family life wasn’t the best, I felt so detached from them and in trouble all the time from my step-mom. I loved my dad and siblings but felt like I had to go, to see what was out there, and it was the best decision I have ever made in my life.
I told my dad I was leaving and he didn’t blame me. April 1998, I hopped on a Greyhound bus and took off from New York state to start my new life as a young adult, with the love of my life in Florida.
We both had jobs that flourished, had a nice condo we rented and life began. August 2001 we said our I dos, moved into our newly built home December 2001 and had our first born son the summer of 2002. Life hasn’t been easy, there have been many downs to go with our love story, but we have overcame all of them.
If you would have asked me in 1994 when we met, when he walked up to me to introduce himself to welcome me, that we would be married with two children, a home and a love like everyone wishes for, I would have said no way, that only happens in movies.
He’s my true love, my soul mate and the one I’m thrilled to spend the rest of my life with.
That my friends, is the story of my true love!